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Actions that might help fighting climate change

As an Earth science researcher, I talk a lot about climate change. But most of time I was basically sending message stating that climate change is real and bad. I didn't spend much time thinking and explaining what should we do to battle climate change.

Certainly we can slow down our pace in terms of civilization developments, which will slow down climate change maybe. For example, if we slow down the rate population moving from rural area to urban area, it helps because it is likely to decrease emission.

There are many thing we should slow down:

Stop building big citiesStop building highwayStop building houses, especially in natural systemReduce meat consumptionSlow down vehicle productionReduce ocean explorationStop using non renewable energy All above could fight climate change, to some extent. But that is not enough because it is only slowing the trend down.
Something else we should do to reverse the engine Plant more trees for sure.Remove highway and build high speed trainsRemo…

Learning in a diverse environment

Asking for help sometimes can save your life. But how, where, when ask for help is always a challenge.

Earth science is interdisciplinary field, which means you have to learn lots of skills to get jobs done. Unless you are completely dependent upon other team members, we must learn skills efficiently.

Having a PhD degree never means you know everything in your field. In fact, in Earth science, PhD is merely the starting line.

Below I will give a life example.
As a modeler, I deal with lots of different technical problems and I have the opportunities to work with many great team members. But lots of time, none of member can solve your problem because maybe no one has ever encountered the same problem as you have.

For example, when I was trying to setup a E3SM simulation. Some of us use the CIME directly. And some use the bash script. Also there are also some prefer to use Matlab. My preference is Python. The problem is unless I talk to every single member of the group, I wouldn't k…